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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,868Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 141 out of 446

$610K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 446

494 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53% Patients 65 Years and Older

44% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
higher than average Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

0% of this provider’s 261 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 0%.

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Antibiotics

11% of this provider’s 494 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

9% of this provider’s 261 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 6%.

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Opioids

7% of this provider’s 494 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 2%.

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Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$104 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $62 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$376K

2012

$457K

2013

$484K

2014

$610K

2015

Number of Claims

5,885

2012

5,467

2013

5,613

2014

5,868

2015

This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

406

prescriptions, 7% of all prescriptions

221

prescriptions.

126

patients, 26% of all patients

1 1
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

277

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

179

prescriptions.

80

patients, 16% of all patients

2 6
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

254

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

69

patients, 14% of all patients

3 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM

Pravastatin is used with di... +

Pravastatin is used with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and to decrease the chance that heart surgery will be needed in people who have heart disease or who are at risk of developing heart disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

222

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

104

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

4 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM

Losartan is used alone or i... +

Losartan is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

200

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

115

prescriptions.

45

patients, 9% of all patients

5 10
SPIRONOLACTONE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) in patients with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

186

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

67

patients, 14% of all patients

6 20
TORSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

185

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

66

patients, 13% of all patients

7 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

97

prescriptions.

41

patients, 8% of all patients

8 8
TACROLIMUS 158

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

9 118
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

154

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

56

patients, 11% of all patients

10 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

138

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

38

patients, 8% of all patients

11 27
PREDNISONE

Treats inflammation (swelli... +

Treats inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, complications of chronic illnesses, and other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

49

patients, 10% of all patients

12 92
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

124

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

35

patients, 7% of all patients

13 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

43

patients, 9% of all patients

14 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

119

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

40

patients, 8% of all patients

15 22
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM

Treating infections caused ... +

Treating infections caused by certain bacteria. Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

33

patients, 7% of all patients

A 16 138
MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL

Used with other medications... +

Used with other medications to help prevent transplant organ rejection (attack of the transplanted organ by the immune system of the person receiving the organ) in people who have received organ transplants. Source: National Library of Medicine

112

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

17 123
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

107

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

29

patients, 6% of all patients

18 2
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

102

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

23

patients, 5% of all patients

19 12
SIROLIMUS 99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

41

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

10 20 167
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER

Isosorbide mononitrate is u... +

Isosorbide mononitrate is used to prevent angina (chest pain) caused by coronary artery disease (heart disease). Source: National Library of Medicine

89

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

21 11
KLOR-CON M20

Potassium is essential for ... +

Potassium is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

22 35
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

83

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

19

patients, 4% of all patients

23 33
ALLOPURINOL

Treats gout and some kinds ... +

Treats gout and some kinds of kidney stones. Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

24

patients, 5% of all patients

24 58
CYCLOSPORINE MODIFIED 75

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

18

patients, 4% of all patients

25 176
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

42

prescriptions.

20

patients, 4% of all patients

26 34
LABETALOL HCL

Labetalol is used to treat ... +

Labetalol is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

12

patients, 2% of all patients

27 64
AMIODARONE HCL

Amiodarone is used to treat... +

Amiodarone is used to treat and prevent certain types of serious, life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias (a certain type of abnormal heart rhythm when other medications did not help or could not be tolerated. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

20

prescriptions.

22

patients, 4% of all patients

28 21
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

40

prescriptions.

17

patients, 3% of all patients

28 15
DIGOXIN

Treats certain heart rhythm... +

Treats certain heart rhythm problems (atrial fibrillation). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

16

patients, 3% of all patients

R 30 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM

Alendronate is used to trea... +

Alendronate is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis (a condition in which the bones become thin and weak and break easily) in women who have undergone menopause (''change of life,'' end of menstrual periods) and to treat osteoporosis in men. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

15

patients, 3% of all patients

30 122
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.